The screening of Sophie's Revenge, a movie starring Zhang Ziyi, has created quite a sensation. But those who have seen the production are giving kudos to Yao Chen, who plays a supporting role in the story. In today's The List, let's take a look at the career of the young actress.
Recently, Sophie's Revenge has opened across China. For the movie, Zhang Ziyi was both producer and lead actress. In her first big-screen comedy, Zhang Ziyi battles Yao Chen and Ruby Lin as rivals for a desirable bachelor. In the story, Yao Chen's role was also a departure from her usual style. Her portrayal of the money-grabbing lady won applause from her fellow actor He Rundong.
From the easy-going "Guo Furong" in "My Own Swordsman" to the cunning Luo Xi in "Great Movie", Yao Chen has long established herself as a veteran big-screen comedian. In Sophie's Revenge, she again surprised her fans, donning a super luxurious costumes studded with diamonds.
Yao Chen comes from East China's Fujian province. From 1993 to 1997, she studied at the Folk Dance Department of the Beijing Dance Academy. Then from 1999 to 2003, she studied at the Acting Department of the Beijing Film Institute. After playing a string of minor roles in TV dramas, she made her name through the character "Guo Furong" in the sitcom "My Own Swordsman". Some of her fans even acclaimed her as "the female Stephen Chow."